Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, by Susan Faludi: a review by Plain(s) Feminist [50BPT]

Today's entry comes from Plain(s) Feminist, who previously contributed to 50 Books for Problematic Times here and here. Plain(s) Feminist has been blogging about feminism and other stuff since 2006. She lives in Minnesota, teaches Women's Studies, and is mom to Bean and a couple of peeing cats.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
, by Susan Faludi

Of particular note is Faludi's section on abortion and reproductive rights, which is essential for understanding that the whole abortion debate really *is* about the control of women (her case studies make this crystal clear) and that it really *does* have far, far-reaching implications that I imagine most pro-life folk would not want to see.
"Far from being "liberated," American women in the 1980s were victims of a powerful backlash against the handful of small, hard-won victories the feminist movement had achieved, says Wall Street Journal reporter Faludi, who won a Pulitzer this year. Buttressing her argument with facts and statistics, she states that the alleged "man shortage" endangering women's chances of marrying (posited by a Harvard-Yale study) and the "infertility epidemic" said to strike professional women who postpone childbearing are largely media inventions. She finds evidence of antifeminist backlash in Hollywood movies, in TV's thirtysomething , in 1980s fashion ads featuring battered models and in the New Right's attack on women's rights. She directs withering commentary at Robert Bly's all-male workshops, Allan Bloom's "prolonged rant" against women and Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer's revisionism. This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality." (Publishers Weekly)

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent choice - I've been meaning to reread Backlash for a while now. It was a depressing read the first time around in's kind of sad how still completely relevant it is.


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